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For the gauge 16 there is a different matter: in the wake of the strong impulse given to the return of this gauge on the territory by  the Italian Club Gauge 16, the Effebi has implemented a specific model, the “Beta″, particularly  tidy and without a rib for improved vibration of the barrel and spherical viewfinder old style.

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Riccardo Ceccarelli, hunterEffebi is a factory in the industrial area of Concesio, gateway to the Valtrompia where the weapon-making wisdom is in its home. Established many years ago by Dr..Franco Beretta, already from the first steps of the activity it has always distinguished itself in the continuous search for ballistic solutions useful to hunters. The Val Trompia, as well as being the home of sporting and hunting weapons, it is also a place where hunters there have always been in great quantity: and therefore it is the ideal place to take from them a rich set of information about the needs that arise in hunting. And here in Effebi brilliant minds and make produce rifles that have only one prerogative: the satisfaction of the hunter. Yes, because in Effebi they are “innovators by tradition”.

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So if you pass by here, you will find them intent on developing and testing more than to produce in large quantities. In the company Dr. Franco is joined by his son Fabio, a skilled interpreter, in a modern key,  of the company philosophy and superfine manager that supports always with fantasy the hunter and his quest of hunting satisfaction.

Keen observer and curious technical and commercial experimenter, since I had the pleasure of his acquaintance, I saw him engage with extraordinary continuity and tenacity in finding solutions for both shotguns and rifles, hardly traceable in the catalogs of other companies. Specialist of small gauges for company tradition, Fabio passes from these to the higher gauges and the rifles with extraordinary ease, always managing to produce consistently hunting weapons that often ahead of their time and give the hunter the ideal solution for each hunt.

In his catalog is difficult to find “a normal weapon”, because that – as he himself says – everyone has one – while the same is rich in solutions for specific variants hunting that every hunter faces and on which may be fine any shotgun, but the one born to the particular need is certainly better. The  philosophy that Fabio has brought in his company is that the shotgun was born for one purpose: to hunt, facing the cold and water, scorching heat and shock. Hence the need to not enrich it with extreme aesthetic solutions (although asking it you’ll surely be content with extreme satisfaction), but to give it “what it takes” to ensure efficiency, strength and durability, the three basic requirements for a weapon that in the years will provide pleasure to the hunter and not to give him problems or to highlight limitations.

But let’s get to the weapons I would say “special”, starting from the shotgun.

Among the series of classic Effebi shotguns, one stands out from the reeds with very short barrels.

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It’s the Queen Omega designed and manufactured for woodcock hunting that, because of the environment in which pitfall, creates many problems for our game bag. Here the hunting problems of the queen of the wood find their worthy solution and the shotgun is particularly handy with his short barrels that have a particularly large chokes combinable successfully with dispersants cartridges on the market to provide a particularly large and well distributed pattern. It’s made in 12 gauge to provide the highest volume of fire and has low weight; it is the ideal answer for those walk for steep slopes for the entire day, searching the woodcook.

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But the production of shotguns Effebi reserve another amazing gem. It’s a shotgun for fire position hunting that has the two barrels slightly divergent able to fire simultaneously. Even in this case the company has researched the most appropriate solution for those who see get thrown on a group of birds and know thet can to hit just one. This is no longer true, to the satisfaction of the palate of the hunter of migratory birds. The shotgun provides “8” pattern for the partial overlap of the two. The absolute success for the small migratory birds hunting.

In the catalog there’s also a shotgun slug (Omega Slug) expressly created for hunting wild boar in gauge 12 and 20 with generous organs of sight with notch on the raised thickness of sighting bar.

These are flanked by the weapons in small gauge 28 and .410 (Master Slim) who have received in recent years a great success.

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Other specialist weapons are shown in the catalog Effebi. In particular, they have an interpretation the classic “single smooth barrel” In Effebi this weapon, considered by many a lower weapon, assumes a rank distinctly different. It is produced not only in the gauges considered classics for such a weapon 24, 28, and 8 .410 gauges Flobert but also in 12, 16 and 20 following the commercial success in South America where this type of weapon is particularly required to hunt the hare and the local partridge with long barrels and full chokes.

The single barrel “Beta” is produced with the variation of the key opening positioned or above the receiver or alternatively in the lower part as in the classic tradition of Italic single barrel, with or without a ventilated barrel rib. It has a stock with a generous pistol grip and equally generous is the forend for a firm grip of the weak hand, which is necessary when you switch from the .410 version to charges 16 or 12.

For the 16 is a different matter: in the wake of the strong impulse given to the return of this gauge on the territory of the Italian Club active Gauge 16, the Effebi has implemented a specific model, the “Beta Effebi single barrel 16 gauge hunting beta Classic old Style 16″, particolrmente groomed and without a rib for improved vibration of the rod and spherical viewfinder old style.

It’s a low cost shotgun (this year for use in a Long Test the founder of the Club) that sedicisti will certainly not escape.

 But with the Beta they have not finished to surprise at all. Its versions in gauge .410 and 8 Flobert (Beta 110) are equipped with a interchangeable choke with an extension of 40 cm which brings the barrel from 70 to 110 cm, so the hunter has the opportunity to have a small gauge of extraordinary scope and with a noise impact limited, very useful when you don’t want to worry the game.

Specialists in folding arms, Effebi did not forget to impress even in terms of supperposed. There are two classic weapons in the company’s production: the folding supperposed s proposed in gauges .410 and 28. There is also another superposed, a non-selective single trigger in .410 gauge, fully folding and made ​​of cylindrical barrels of short length (only 56 cm), designed to meet two kinds of users: the woodcook’s hunters suited to action sports and alternatively the wild bora’s hunters that very often shoot dry shots even in small gauge to free the dogs from the risk of wild boar stopped in the bushes.

There are also an entire range of  folding over and under  and the excellent Black Diamond, over and under  of unique elegance, available in 28 gauge and .410 in hunting and sporting version.

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Even in the field of rifles, Effebi not let slip the opportunity to propose with extreme originality its interpretation of the hunting rifle. The Terminator is what we can call “Kipplauf Italian”; it’s a weapon completely folding over itself, it has a slide weaver for mounting optics, the barrels of high quality steel and wood in walnut of a high degree with stock with cheekpiece and ending with a black rubber recoil pad.

The Terminator is produced in many different gauges and is oriented to selection hunters that operate such hunting in difficult terrain such as the Alps or the Apennines. Here the rifle Effebi gives the best demonstration of herself for the weight and the way in which it can be folded.

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I conclude this brief excursus on Effebi with a clarification; as you may have noticed I have not talked about traditional shotguns or semi-automatic that although the company has a catalog. I spoke of specificity, of ideas generated from a lot of speaks made ​​between the owners of the company and the hunters.

And we discussed the company’s catalog as a cylinder from which Franco and Fabio, with extraordinary continuity, manage to extract solutions designed exclusively for the satisfaction of our incurable followers of Diana.

 Riccardo Ceccarelli

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huntersAfter the single barrel muzzle-loading from the military, he was syde by side; the man realized that putting two smooth barrels side by side on the rifle, were more likely to catch their prey while still having the black powder that almost could not see the target still in the air to explode the next shot.
But it was 1700 era when the game was abundant and really at the end of the second shot was almost never used. That was the hunting of the nobles, able to withstand the high prices of these new sophisticated weapons that looked out over the landscape hunting and such because of the reeds side by side was given the name “Syde by side.”

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After the century, the next will open again with the black powder protagonist and with the emergence in Britain of a gun making excellent school who scored for centuries to come the history of the weapon hunting. High-sounding names, which by now become legendary Greener, Westley Richards, Holland & Holland, Purdey, Manton, Lancaster, operating on the British mainland and in later years would have produced a multitude of patents, still working basis for the modern manufacturers.

Their incessant chase in projects and realizations was almost forced by the emergence definitively dust infumi that allowed, now, the use of two shots effectively. No more smoke on top of the barrel and excellent visibility over the target. But the dust infumi brought a great upheaval in the structure of the weapon. Was no longer the single piece, but became tilting, to allow the opening and the insertion in the back of that extraordinary efficacy which is the container of the cartridge. He was born breech that in a short time would definitively dismissed the weapon muzzle loading. The English teachers strove and chased for decades in search of the best compromise of stability and functionality of the syde by side, patenting solutions that still bear their names, always beautifully made ​​and very high cost. But it was still the imperial England, is wealthy buyers could afford everything.

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When you reach the beginning of 1900, the syde by side hunting began to become “popular”; on the European continent hunting rights were more affordable for many and this social status, and new Democrat in the portfolio, led to the development of productive sectors in France, Belgium and Italy where the syde by side, less refined aesthetics, but equal effectiveness for the British, it was built with less price  exasperated. The market “popular” required shotguns less sophisticated and more “battle”, the hunter Italian called the “gun” that flanked surely the dog. Both had similar prerogatives; few frills and a lot of substance to bring a bit ‘of protein in poor canteens.

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Difficult century for Europe 1900 marked century ago, two catastrophic wars and difficult it was for the syde by side. An American by the genius mind for mechanics, Browning, patented and devised the most bitter enemy that syde by side could expect: the semiautomatic capable of firing a number of shots well over two not to be recharged. And the same snubbed by the companies of his country thought it well to come to Europe to convince the FN Belgian to produce as many copies simply awesome his jewel.

 While decreasing for reasons of law respectful of the fauna, the number of shots possible, the semi-automatic has finally established itself as the undisputed king in its many configurations reset, taking the path that the industry has been able to put it on the market at affordable prices all budgets.

  And the syde by side suffered and suffered. But it was not over here the crisis of syde by side. Another double-barreled weapon, this sometimes overlapping, was the protagonist of the second part of 1900, relegating even further syde by side in the closets of the hunters.

The superimposed infinitely less pleasant but much more effective for ballistic reasons, was joined together with the semi-automatic and the same was king of advertising in magazines. The syde by side more and more agonizing.

Many companies began even to take it out of production and only in Britain resisted, assault of other weapons. In fact, major manufacturers (and I quote the national Bernardelli, Fausti, FPA, F.lli Piotti, SIAC, Saleri, etc.), they continue to produce the perfecting techniques and new materials, but the request was asphyxiated; the syde by side was no longer in fashion!

But in these last five years of the new century, there is something new in the air regarding the syde by side. A return, and a welcome back to all of us aficionados of the weapon hunting. For a variety of reasons, syde by side is coming back in the catalogs of the companies and the desires of hunters. E ‘for different materials, construction techniques and concepts, but is always our dear and beloved syde by side.

For reasons of expediency production has dropped by WW Greener said he saw the syde by side consists of 95 shares most of which were components of the receiver. You are introduced lower cost manufacturing processes with a new concept of the receiver “integral” to the work required more durable and less expensive to produce, resulting from a single forged. This accepts shots easier to produce and also allows to obtain in many cases, a finished product very slender, which takes the name of “round body”.

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The relaunch is conveyed in a very accelerated thanks to modern means of communication; internet, email and the many exhibitions devoted to outdoor activities are a big stage for many products, syde by side included. But also concepts with less impact to nature and a more reasonable hunting, he did bring in the catalogs the syde by side, after that for years the rage in them  semi-automatic.

But the revival of the weapon juxtaposed, as well as the prices now more affordable, it is also facilitated by the hunter. All of us, while hunting in the modern era with all the limitations present, we are incurably nostalgic, and syde by side, which was his grandfather’s, we’ve never forgotten. In fact we almost worshiped, each time taking the modern weapon for hunting, we let the, sleeping in the closet armored. Most of us had already fertile mind to return syde by side and did not know they have it.

But attention the syde by side modern is not what it was! That generic grandfather with 71 cm rods and bottlenecks 3:01 star. Today, thanks to modern technology and the many solutions applied in time to many different types of hunting weapon, syde by side is the tool specialized for hunting thick. All are equipped with interchangeable chokes, and are again produced, thanks to the thrust of some meritorious Club (Club 16 gauge, Club 28-410) in most of the gauges on bascule dedicated.

Coming to the companies, those are absolutely Italian leader in the production of syde by side. Disappeared or almost all English teachers and rarefattisi significantly Belgian and French were we to dictate to the world stage.

Beretta has revived in 2013, his syde by side “Parallel 486″, full of excellent technological solutions both in materials and workmanship. Franks has a catalog a syde by side carrying a prestigious name of the house, the “Condor”. Rizzini with the innovative integral receiver has two families of doublets BR 550 and 552, while Fausti, in continuity with its past to catalog a large number of models is much appreciated hammerless that stray dogs.
F.A.I.R. always appreciated producer of overlapping, has launched a new project called ISIS, which are formed by an interesting set of doublets with or without folders side, produced in many calibers. Bernardelli, known worldwide for the Italian syde by side, continues its excellent production and also other houses, not present in the past in the production of reeds juxtaposed, working for several years with excellent products. Among these Effebi, RFM, Sabatti, Vi-but, Falco, Silma.

Some of these companies have achieved high levels of specialist shotguns aimed at special hunts. Fausti, Effebi and R.F.M. produce specific shotguns for hunting woodcock, with reeds and bottlenecks especially short or non-existent rayed.

And the former English teachers are watching, rather buy from us !!!

Alessio Ceccarelli

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Riccardo Ceccarelli, hunterOn the hunting ground of many errors result in the shooting distance and such events are frequent in both shots at long or short distance. In short shots hit the wild can mean destroy it and render it useless for the kitchen, but more often it can mean mark it completely.
The teachings of the old hunters were to “wait” and to ward off the wild but there are hunts, primarily the woodcock, where this is often not possible. The delay in the shooting would make it impossible to do so for the large capacity of the queen to interpose between himself and the hunter a great deal of natural obstacles.

Modern technology, however, is coming to the aid both in the area of ​​weapons of ammunition with proper tools to pull short and that they maintain unchanged the effectiveness detrimental; new materials and important insights help us today to make shots at short distances of absolute effectiveness.

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Radiused throttle paradoxIl first important step is the replacement of the rifle generic “good for all”, with specialized weapons that can help us in the short throws. The old conception of generic weapons with barrels long enough and fairly heavy can now be conveniently replaced with rifles with barrels shorter and much lighter.

The reduced length of the rod is already in itself a factor that facilitates the dispersion of the shot pattern transverse to the fact that the pressure at the mouth is not yet normalized and causes an enlargement though hardly manageable swarm of dots. The easing of the arms is also important, since they are designed to shoot a few shots as part of a day.

Hunting woodcock instead means fatigue and weight reduction comes to us because we will be better able to be responsive and explode with speed shot. Some argue that lightweight rifles, and with less material, you scassano soon. You can safely argue saying that rifles are Woodcock intended by nature of poop that are designed to shoot over their life cycle, a number of shots considerably less than similar used for hunting migratory, so that argument is hardly sustainable.

hunting, shontgun, woodcockThe shotguns to shoot intended to pull rods that courts have generally not exceeding 65 cm but very often totaled about 62 cm. A further development that has taken place is linked to the choke that these weapons are intended to facilitate the widening of pink.

We can find or even type of cylindrical radial paradox. These are made in them by a corrugation is to assume that the swarm of the shot tends to be a trend centrifugal useful to expand the next pink.

A highly specialized such weapons is a good idea to associate ammunition specifically designed for shooting at short distance. Once it was considered sufficient that these had not the container and the wad was only able to serve the purpose. Subsequently, and for years now, have been placed on the market equipped with specific ammunition wads cross able, depending on the various forms of splitting the column of dots in 4 or more sectors.

The output from the muzzle of the swarm segmented bullets (thus more swarms parallel) allows the resistance of the air to better perform its function opponent made ​​an enlargement of the shot pattern from the first meters. These solutions provided in cartridges that have taken the name of “dispersants”, now allows to have a very short distances pink uniform and effective. A new frontier for woodcock hunters.

Riccardo Ceccarelli

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small hunting, shotgun, cartidgesWith the arrival of September, the small game is set up in our country, especially pheasants, hares and partridges. In this period, therefore, the Wild also has all the physical characteristics that allow it to be able to implement the necessary defenses to counteract the activity carried out by the Hunter.

It is also l’epoca you open hunting sedentary, which goes live on the day of the opening to the closing which usually coincides, at least for some species, or just before the end of the calendar year.

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Like any type of hunting that also has features for its permanent involving The use of firearms and calibrated in a certain way and with certain characteristics. Became this type of hunting for old hunters, maybe still in business, but are part of a generation or two ago, brings back the memories associated with many moments such as, for example, an opening very rich prey affected, or of strokes particularly difficult that led to excellent results with l’uccisione trophies, such as the hare that, in hunting sedentary, represents a trophy for a hunter always coveted.

What are the appropriate tools to perform effective town’s how much fun hunting resident? We seek here to make a classification, the most concise as possible, that surely little new give the expert hunter but that, on the contrary, may be useful for the novice.

A) The hunter must have a good shotgun 12 gauge or even 20, it is obvious that caliber will also vary depending on the types of cartridges to be used. The gun must be in a suitable condition at the level of cleanliness, especially the battery and / and rods and have all of its parts in perfect working order to avoid having a weapon ballistically invalid and, moreover, even dangerous to those who use it .

Do a thorough maintenance of a’arma at the end of the hunting season, with identical operation to be repeated just before the start of the next, always represent the best viaticum.

It is often recommended that a quick glance dall’armiere generally see immediately if there is any imperfection and, perhaps, the need to replace a few pieces.

Among the types of guns is not any one in particular is to be preferred, we say that the most popular are the shotguns, the automatic and superimposed all good weapons.

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B) The most suitable cartridge for hunting preferable to sedentary is loaded with a dose of lead medium-high; can happen, for example, which can break down a fairly volatile sized with a small caliber, but this will happen if you shoot a short distance behind the dog and l’alzata, however, always with a minimum of luck.

Generally we use the so-called “improperly” armored cartridges that have a base whose height varies from 3 to 4 cm. The name of this cartridge is improper because, in a future article, we will see the characteristics of the cartridge “Battleship” proper.

Generally, the cartridge case back with height 3 cm is always more than good, even if the eye of the hunter, see the bottom of the cartridge with a cartridge from 4-5 cm to always have the feeling of having in his hands a lot more cartridge performance.

C) The dots to be used must have a charge that goes from 34 to 38 g; if you shoot a wild tonnage of an adult pheasant, the numbering of the shot generally varies from 7.8 for shooting at short range when the wild part as a result of the lift of the dog, up to 6.5 or even the 4 especially if you shoot in the open countryside, at distances that are often at the limit of the range of the shot.

If you are in a forest, or place, however, impervious and low visibility, where the pheasant gets up in the short range of the shot, it is good to use as a substantial number 4 which may seem exaggerated, but it is often because must overcome the obstacles located in the woods and / or in the undergrowth, such as leaves, twigs, etc. ..

D) The powders used for hunting sedentary generally consist of slow-burning propellants but highly progressive. The pressure that the cartridges are loaded with these powders generate approximately 700 bar, loads perfectly acceptable for a normal rifle, although generating a recoil quite dry. Are commercially available cartridges are much more powerful though, in my opinion, over-sized for the sedentary, that is very extreme cartridges that can get inside the barrel to generate up to 1,000 bar.

These cartridges belong to the category of those with “high performance”. Manufacturers, in packs containing this type of cartridges, clearly show these high-performance and their consequences in terms of pressures they generate, not so much to ensure the hunter on the results that can be achieved, but to warn of the risk that may result The use of these cartridges.

It can happen that the hunter possesses a gun, maybe even old and which has not been approved over the 800/900 bar.

  In these cases it is best to stay away from the cartridges to “high performance” in order to avoid serious damage to their health.

E) The wads that are used can be either plastic container with vegetable fiber. As a general advice, but of course is at the discretion of the hunter, it is advisable to insert a cartridge into the barrel first with felt wad, then a second with a wad of plastic because, in the case of departure of the volatile as a result of the dog and close range, the first may be more effective; then if you need the so-called second shot, you will use the one with the wad of plastic that gives more boost to the shot and, therefore, a greater range of the shot.

If you are located in covered places for which the shot is fired always and only at distances, we recommend instead the use of only cartridge with felt wad, with l’ulteriore aid of canes little choked.

F) The cartridge at the top can be equipped with two different types of closure: closure “round edge” and “crimp closure. The first, which commercially available is greatly decreased, due to higher production costs, produces, when firing, pink larger, but slightly shorter, while the one on the crimp closure, which is the most popular, produces pinkish more focused, narrower and slightly longer with more opportunities to cool the prey if the shot is well directed and the same is invested in full by the same rosy.

In addition to the pheasant, there are two types of permanent hunting hunting extremely widespread; hunting hare and the partridges, grouse and partridges.

In hare hunting is necessary to have cartridges “substantial” and, here, using gauges cartridges ranging from 2 up to zero as the hare, being extremely fast and with the bones and muscles strong, to be gunned must necessarily be hit with cartridges with considerable power d’impatto, with a high caliber of lead. In fact, the hare can also be affected with cartridges “lighter” and, perhaps, with a greater number of dots which, although going to target, not fatally affect on prey.

In the hunt partridges, grouse and partridges instead the speech is completely different; In fact, it is advisable to use as small a number to the 8th of the first shot and a 7, that is a little more substantial if the first shot was not solver and considering that the prey is in the process of removal than the hunter.

In Italy it is a type of detectable partridge called “ciukar” that, besides having dimensions larger than the classical partridge, has the habit to get away to pawn for many meters and, therefore, when fly off at times is already almost to limit of the range of the shot. For this type of bird it is obvious return to more substantial numbers such as 4 or 5 at the most, as well as hitting an animal that can better resist the action of the shot is hit at a greater distance, then the charge of the cartridge must be substantial.

Last point to make concerns the climatic conditions in which it is carried out hunting sedentary. Generally occurs when the opening in September climates are hot and dry with an average humidity, going to l’autunno often we encounter in colder climates and wetter. The variant climate must be taken into consideration as regards both the heat and cold and is especially as regards of humidity.

In the case of medium to high humidity is essential to choose the cartridges where dust mixtures are not very hygroscopic, that is, that are not affected by moisture or high may limit performance. Everyone knows, of course, what to buy and the good advice of friends will do the rest to provide the bandolier of ammunition most suitable for each hunt.

Soon it will start a new season for all appassioniati to which the Staff of CacciaInFiera.it does a great good luck!

Teresa Renda

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